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Stories by Mel Cooke

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

Ahead of the organisation's 20th anniversary gathering (called a 'sit-in') of the Vinyl Records Collectors Association (VRCA) in St Andrew and St Catherine late last month, the organisation's Michael 'Louis' Owens dismissed any misconceptions of...

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

As the country's murder rate reaches gastronomical (yes, I meant gastronomical and not astronomical, as we are full to overflowing and totally fed up), I have waited for someone to get up and point the finger at the usual culprit, Jamaican popular...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 6:03 AMMel Cooke

"To all you wonderful dads out there, y'nuhAlthough more time some a we deadbeat, y'nuhA Khago, y'nuhHey, dad,This one is reaching out to youYou never no sperm donorDaddy, from you goneMe know me did a go struggleMe know sey me did a go struggleMy...

Published:Saturday | June 17, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

One day a few years ago, I stood outside the Afrique pub on the lower part of King Street, downtown Kingston, and heard King Stitt talk about having to run from the police when he was playing sound systems in the earlier days of Jamaican popular...

Published:Friday | June 16, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

During Wednesday evening's listening session for Chronology at Anchor Studios, Chronixx said that he was at all the recoding and mixing sessions for his debut album. Based on the credits he read for just two of the songs, then saying he knows all...

Published:Wednesday | June 14, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

In 1977, Marjorie Kay won a talent contest at the Spider Web on Eastwood Park Road, St Andrew, which led to her singing with the club's resident band. She had revisited that decade for her latest single, Visions, a remake of the Stevie Wonder...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

Jamaican popular music is replete with songs for mothers by male performers, a strong indication of the dominant maternal role in their lives. Shabba Ranks' Mama Christie and Bounty Killer's Miss Ivy are as much a part of dancehall lore as a...

Published:Saturday | June 10, 2017 | 6:07 AMMel Cooke

There was a time when making a song meant assembling a band of musicians, rehearsing what was to be played (along with the vocalist), then playing it through all at once because there was no way to correct mistakes put on the tape.Over time, the...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

On Friday the Alpha Institute (a development on the Alpha Boys' Home) marked 137 years with dance. One of the persons who was once a resident is Yellowman, who told The Sunday Gleaner, how his longing for a family came out in a song.It was about a...

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

It was not so long ago that dancehall gospel had its run-in with the section of the church which frowned upon the secular beats being used to transmit the Word of God. While I expect that there are still some who look askance at persons such as...

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 6:00 AMMel Cooke

Singer Paul 'Frankie Paul' Blake often performed in white outfits, including his last Jamaican stage appearance during Alive and Well, held last October at House of Dancehall on Cargill Avenue...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Among the many steps in the vinyl record's trajectory from cutting edge music storage and playback technology, speculation about its relevance in the digital age is (as stated on vinyl-record.co.uk) RCA Victor making the long-playing vinyl record...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

The 2017 Jamaica Ocho Rios International jazz Festival is now on. Myrna Hague, who is central to the festival, told The Sunday Gleaner about her first foray into reggae.Myrna Hague's Melody Life album is an unusual project for the lady who is much...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

A connection forged in earlier years of Jamaican popular music continued on Wednesday, when the Bob Marley Ensemble Room was officially opened at the Alpha Institute, South Camp Road, Kingston. After saying that last year the Bob Marley Foundation...

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Although the Alpha Institute offers a range of training options to its students, including landscape and barber programmes, it is especially famed for music. So it is natural that the South Camp Road institution will celebrate its 137th anniversary...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

In January 2015, when Tanya Shirley's poetry collection, The Merchant of Feathers (Peepal Tree Press), was officially presented to the public, music played a major role in the function at Lecture Theatre 3, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

After ESPN reported last week that Nico Marley was signed by the Washington Redskins football team as an undrafted free agent, general manager of the Bob Marley Foundation, Marie Bruce, is reminding the public about the family's history of exercise....

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

With rain on just about everyone's mind, when it does not end up in floods, it captures the artistic imagination in especially amorous ways. There are many images - lovers walking in the wet, oblivious to or even relishing the rain drops. A couple...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

I was impressed by the discipline that was displayed at the second Jack Ruby Festival, which was held on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann, last Friday. Before the event (to celebrate the life and work of Lawrence 'Jack Ruby' Lindo, who operated the...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

As word of singer Frankie Paul's death at the University Hospital of the West Indies spread across the globe yesterday, sadness flowed at the loss of a remarkable talent. He passed away just over a week after singer Arthur 'Bunny' Robinson, who died...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 5:05 AMMel Cooke

Veteran reggae/dancehall artiste, Frankie Paul, died earlier this morning. The Gleaner, reported on Monday that the singer, whose popular original recordings include Kushumpeng, Alicia, Worries in The Dance and Big and Ready with rapper Heavy D and...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

One week from today, the Musgrave Medal awardees for 2017 will have their citations read and medals presented in this year's edition of the annual ceremony in the lecture hall, Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), East Street, Kingston. Among those to be...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

One of the more telling signs of just how much Friday's second Jack Ruby Festival: The Black Experience was a street festival was a green suitcase with wheels pulled through a section of the large crowd on James Avenue, Ocho Rios, St Ann.The luggage...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Garnet Silk recorded Like a Mother to Me, at producer Robert 'Bobby Digital' Dixon's St Andrew studio after he returned from his sole trip to the UK. It was an eventful journey, as after doing shows in London, Birmingham and Luton, Silk was held up...

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 5:00 AMMel Cooke

Under ordinary circumstances, tomorrow would have been another great music business day for singer George Nooks. He would have gone to perhaps the most well-attended Mother's Day 2017 concert in the country and, most likely, moved the crowd with his...

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